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1. A controversial argument, especially one refuting or attacking a specific opinion or doctrine.
2. A person engaged in or inclined to controversy, argument, or refutation.
adj. also po·lem·i·cal (-ĭ-kəl)
Of or relating to a controversy, argument, or refutation.

[French polémique, from Greek polemikos, hostile, from polemos, war.]

po·lem′i·cal·ly adv.
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Adv.1.polemically - involving controversy; "criticism too polemically stated"
References in classic literature ?
I say this polemically, or in reply to the inquiry, Why not realize your world?
From the famous Bawab, (doorman), to taxi drivers to maids and sabakeen (plumbers), there is a complex unspoken dynamic not of service but of servitude that goes, highly polemically, unchallenged by most.
If she represents this group polemically, Brooks will now partner her poetically.
As they explain, discussions about sex work are frequently "driven by emotion" rooted in ideological and moral beliefs and values and expressed polemically.
As Llano observes, one of Collet's meanderings anticipates "the hybrid [racial] formulation of Spanish identity and history that historian Americo Castro would uphold, more famously and polemically, in his Espana y su historia (1948)--written in exile from the Franco dictatorship" (p.
In its ideological clarity and managerial control, this Biennale is the most consistent and polemically focused since the first official Architecture Biennale in 1980, Paolo Portoghesi's "The Presence of the Past.
Robert Maginnis's engaging book, polemically subtitled "how cowards are pushing women into combat," might be read as a corrective to this silence.
First, whether and to what degree can Aristotle's reports of Platonism be trusted, since Aristotle often polemically distorts his opponent's positions?
But its style (the chronic use of polemically charged and open-ended declaratives: "Patriarchy is not sustained by fathers.
Once we are freed from the polemically inspired one-sided positions of the past, a new season of grace can begin, in which all are able to speak the truth in love (cf.
There is a scintillating, wild intelligence to the production, which makes it all the more disappointing that it wears its political heart so polemically on its sleeve.
In the Brazilian context, "post-modernism" betrays what Linda Huntcheon calls a phenomenon that can be best defined as "totally complicitous or totally critical, either seriously compromised or polemically oppositional.